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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

Ong-bak (original title)
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When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director:

Prachya Pinkaew

Writers:

Panna Rittikrai (story), Prachya Pinkaew (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Jaa ... Ting
Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Humlae / George (as Mum Jokemok)
Pumwaree Yodkamol Pumwaree Yodkamol ... Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai Suchao Pongwilai ... Komtuan (as Suchoa Pongvilai)
Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul ... Saming (as Chatthapong Pantanaunkul)
Wannakit Sirioput Wannakit Sirioput ... Don (as Wannakit Siriput)
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ... Peng (as Chetwut Wacharakun)
Rungrawee Barijindakul Rungrawee Barijindakul ... Ngek (as Rungrawee Borrijindakul)
Pornpimol Chookanthong Pornpimol Chookanthong ... Mae Waan
Chumphorn Thepphithak Chumphorn Thepphithak ... Uncle Mao (as Chumporn Teppitak)
Sukanya Kongkawong Sukanya Kongkawong ... Waitress
Boonsri Yindee ... Yai Hom (as Bunsri Yindee)
Woranard Tantipidok Woranard Tantipidok ... Pra Cru
Sawang Rodnuch Sawang Rodnuch ... Noi
Sutin Rodnuch Sutin Rodnuch ... Jamnean
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Storyline

Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. It soon becomes the task of a voluntary young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track down the thief in Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries. Written by astroboy2k

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Taglines:

No stunt doubles, no computer images, no strings attached See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai | English

Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daredevil See more »

Filming Locations:

Rat Burana, Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,334,869, 13 February 2005

Gross USA:

$4,563,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,112,926
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Jaa trained extensively in the ancient form of Muay Boran (the predecessor to Muay Thai) for four years in preparation for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Jaa executes one kick to knock out his first tournament fighter, he is clearly in a left fighting stance; yet, without changing his stance, he kicks from a right fighting stance. See more »

Quotes

Big Bear, a Fighter: Come on! Fuck Muay Thai!
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Alternate Versions

A significant portion of the music from the Thai version has been changed for the American release. See more »

Connections

References Spy Game (2001) See more »

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New Dope
Performed by Street Fabulous
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Tony Jaa Is Destined To Make A Name For Himself.
8 September 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior more than exceeded my expectations. I have been waiting for nearly a year since I first heard of it to actually see it and it did not let me down. Although the movie started a bit slow, after about half an hour, things began to pick up and the movie never looked back.

Ong-Bak is about a small town villager named Ting (Tony Jaa), who sets out to find the head of his beloved sacred statue, which was stolen. Ting finds his long lost cousin from the village, Humlae (Perttary Wongkamlao), who at first claims to not know Ting until he sees that his village did not send him alone, but with a bag of cash to use as he sees necessary to get the statue head back. This is our first real look at Tony Jaa's talents, as the first chase scene begins after Humlae takes off with the bag on his motorcycle. Amazingly, Ting follows Humlae all the way to a pit fighter type of place where the real action begins.

Although the plot is pretty thin, it is more than made up for by Jaa's entertaining and seemingly impossible stunts. The movie plays up the stunts big, as it claims no stunt-men, no wires, no CGI, etc. With all that in mind, this movie is pretty mind boggling. Comparisons to Jackie Chan are going to be inevitable, and not undeserving. I can only imagine what the two of them could have accomplished if they did a movie together while Chan was younger. Simply amazing. 8/10


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